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Crystal Palace look to regroup after horrible week

Jul 27, 2013, 8:02 PM EDT

1 win, 6 defeats... it's been rough for Holloway's Eagles back in the big-time. Getty Images

“I’m sure if he was here today he wouldn’t have been too happy.”

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway knows his boss will be none too pleased with the disastrous few days the club have endured.

Holloway called the past week “one of the worst of my life” as he’s missed out on multiple transfer targets.

The club was also dismantled by League One side Crawley Town 3-0 Friday, and only managed a 1-goal victory over League Two club Dagenham & Redbridge.

Holloway made it seem like the team was burning through transfer targets fast, as their list grows thinner and thinner.

“Myself and the chairman are going to sit down and have a look at the targets we have shot at, and go from a scattergun approach to the rifle” said Holloway. “We have got to knock some targets over.”

Palace have missed out on Jonjo Shelvey and Thomas Ince in the last month, and just this week failed to secure Carlton Cole or Dan Gosling.

“This week has probably been one of the worst of my life because things have broken down for all different reasons” Holloway lamented. “It’s just an accumulation of coming into this so late. I was half expecting it but it is a little bit worse than it’s been before. I thought we were signing someone the other day and they went somewhere else. It’s all a bit crazy really.”

Holloway has partly blamed his struggles on the heightened amounts of cash flowing around the sport.

“The chairman is learning, I am finding out how even more difficult it is compared to last time because of the zillions of extra quid that everybody’s got.”

The failure against Crawley Town was just icing on the cake for Palace.

“It was a training session. I didn’t like the first half and I didn’t like the second half,” Holloway said after the match. “Very disappointed to be honest, disappointed for our fans because I didn’t recognise that as a Palace team. We didn’t fight together we didn’t work together, we missed a couple of chances and then that was it.”

There’s only about three weeks until the season opens, but Holloway knows he has a lot to do in that time.

“Well done to [Crawley Town]. I thought they looked ready for their season – we’re nowhere near ready for ours.”

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